The author of this stupendous history, when he comes to relate what is contained in this chapter, says, he would have willingly passed it over in silence, because he was afraid that it would not be believed; for, here, the madness of Don Quixote soars to the highest pitch of extravagance that can be imagined[.]
If this be the case, we may, with admiration, conceive how firm the fellowship of those two peaceable animals must have been; to the utter confusion of mankind, who so little regard the laws of friendship and society[.]
That is not the case with my master, replied Sancho, he has nothing at all mischievous about him; on the contrary, is as dull as a beetle, and knows not what it is to harm man, woman or child, or to harbor the least malice, but seeks to do good unto all mankind: a child may persuade him that it is night at noon; and indeed for that very simplicity, I love him with all my heart, and cannot find the strength to leave him, notwithstanding all the mad pranks he is guilty of.